I Don't Know Why

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"I Don't Know Why"
Single by Stevie Wonder
from the album For Once in My Life
A-side"My Cherie Amour"
FormatVinyl record (7" 45 RPM)
GenreSoul, pop
Length3:02(single version)
2:48 (album version)
T 54180
Songwriter(s)Stevie Wonder, Paul Riser, Don Hunter, Lula Hardaway
Producer(s)Don Hunter, Stevie Wonder
Stevie Wonder singles chronology
"I Don't Know Why"
"Signed, Sealed, Delivered (I'm Yours)"

"I Don't Know Why" (sometimes listed as "Don't Know Why I Love You") is a 1968 song by American singer-songwriter Stevie Wonder, from the album For Once in My Life (1968). It also serves as the B-side for the 1969 hit "My Cherie Amour".

The single peaked at No. 39 on the US Billboard Hot 100. The song was recorded when Wonder was 18 years old, and became a moderate hit single, together with "You Met Your Match", another song from the album. It also showcases Wonder's talents on the clavinet.



Chart (1969) Peak
US Billboard Hot 100 39
US Hot Rhythm & Blues Singles 16
Canadian Singles Chart 41
Dutch Singles Chart 20
UK Singles Chart 14
"I Don't Know Why"
I Don't Know Why cover.jpg
Single by the Rolling Stones
from the album Metamorphosis
B-side"Try a Little Harder"
ReleasedMay 1975
RecordedJune 1969 at Olympic Studios, London, England
LabelABKCO Records
Songwriter(s)Stevie Wonder, Paul Riser, Don Hunter, Lula Hardaway
Producer(s)Jimmy Miller
the Rolling Stones singles chronology
"Ain't Too Proud to Beg"
"I Don't Know Why"
"Out of Time"

Cover versions[edit]

The Jackson 5 cover the song (listed as "Don't Know Why I Love You") on their 1970 album ABC.

Al Kooper covered this song on his album "You Never Know Who Your Friends Are", 1969.

The Rolling Stones released a 1969 cover of the song in 1975 on their ABKCO outtake album Metamorphosis. It was recorded on 3 July 1969 during the sessions for Let It Bleed, the night that news broke of Brian Jones’ death. It was also used as the b-side for their 1975 single Try A Little Harder.

The song was covered by the B.E.F. on their 1991 album Music of Quality and Distinction Volume Two, featuring Green Gartside of Scritti Politti on vocals.

The Brand New Heavies cover the song on their 2006 album Get Used to It.

Popular culture[edit]

The song was featured on an episode of ABC's Scandal entitled "Whiskey, Tango, Foxtrot".

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